Asian stocks tread water ahead of U.S. jobs data

Jul 03, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT
Pedestrians walk past graphs of the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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Asian stocks lingered near three-year highs on Thursday as investors waited for the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report to see if the economy is gaining momentum. Spreadbetters saw a mixed open for Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE .FTSE to open up as much as 0.1 percent higher, Germany's DAX .GDAXI 0.1 percent lower and France's CAX .FCHI effectively flat. Expectations rose on Wednesday after payrolls processor ADP said U.S. private-sector hiring hit a 1-1/2-year high in June.
Background:
Asian stocks tread water ahead of U.S. jobs data [Reuters]
Asia stocks fall with gold as dollar gains before data [Bloomberg]

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